Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Being a frequent traveler and born and bred in Kuala Lumpur, it seemed fitting that I should write my first post on KL (as it is affectionately known), in the interests of sounding worldly and well-travelled. Kuala Lumpur is a city of diversity. If you are familiar with the recent tourism campaign which ran the slogan, ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia,’ you’re probably thinking, “If it didn’t work that time, what makes you think that angle will work now?” But think about. Not only have you got Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Miscellaneous peoples, but you have Malay, Chinese, Indian and Miscellaneous food too! Sure we have all that stuff here too – but it’s the price that just brings out the flavour of the food.
Eating out in KL is a whole new ball park. For those of you who are adventurous, and have a strong constitution, I would strongly recommend eating at one of the many street vendors, or mamak stalls, that you find in KL. Here is where you brush shoulders with the local, and get a real feel of what being Malaysian is all about.
And it’s not just the food that’s cheap. Kuala Lumpur is a shopping oasis, with everything from designer wear to “designer wear”. KL sports numerous ridiculously sized shopping malls, such as Mid Valley Megamall, Suria KLCC and the most recent Times Square, which sports an indoor amuesment park. Bukit Bintang is also an excellent destination, whether you’re a tightass or whether you like to flaunt a bit of Louis Vitton.
If you’re interested in the more illicit goods Malaysia has on offer, then head down to Chinatown on Petaling Street, and hone those bargaining skills. Who really cares if the dubbing is off, and the subtitles are in Chinese, and people’s heads keep appearing in the middle of the movie, when you paid AUD$5 for it?
One of the more important phrases you need to know is, “Berapa?”, which means, “How much?”. That will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go. Check out Lonely Planet for useful information like what sort of electrical plugs are used, and how big the population is.